As a four-star wide receiver out Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller High School the future looked bright for Monty Madaris. Nagging injuries and players with equal or better skill sets may have slowed the 6-foot-1, 207-pound senior from showing off his abilities since he arrived on campus. But his performance against Furman showed why many were excited about Madaris coming out of high school and signing with the Michigan State Spartans.
“I feel like I had a good night,” said Madaris. “I’m not really happy with how we played as I feel we can play better as an offense. I feel we left a lot on the table and we have a lot to clean up going into Notre Dame. So we have a whole bye week to figure out what we’re going to do.”
With 97-yards of total offense, Madaris looked like the player the Spartans coaching staff recruited out of high school.
“All of our receivers can run the ball,” he stressed. “The reverses are stuff I did in high school. Honestly, I can play any position that we have and I feel good about it. I’m going to keep progressing, trying to get better and help my teammates get better.”
One believer is Spartans quarterback Tyler O’Connor.
“I think you saw speed, and I think you saw a guy that we need to get the ball in his hands as much as possible,” said O’Connor. “He showed the coaches something tonight and we always knew he had wheels, but for him to actually go out there and perform that on the high level and really make some plays… I think you can expect that a little more.”
Madaris and O’Connor have both been waiting their turn to step forward and both feel they have a chemistry.
“Me and Tyler came in together,” explained Madaris. “We’ve been here for four and a half years. So there is a lot of chemistry. We’ve always thrown together throughout the years and have a great relationship.”
O’Connor agreed with the assessment given by Madaris.
“Our chemistry is very high,” he said. “We know what each other wants, but obviously there’s a lot to improve this year.”
When asked about how he watched Tony Lippett and Aaron Burbridge before him have their struggles before breaking out their senior years. Madaris stressed getting on the field at Michigan State is not something that happens overnight.
“Michigan State is a process,” he said. “You have to go through the grind to become that top dog. I feel that is what molds us into the players we are. Those are the guys that paved the way for me. Two Big Ten Receivers of the Year and me coming into my senior year. That is what I’m wishing to have.”